Retro Americana Festival


Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3JE

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Retro Americana Festival


If you love vintage Americana, then we have some dates for your diary. Cheltenham's first American Retro Festival will take place on Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26.

To celebrate 80 years since the GIs used Pittville Pump Room as a military base, the Cheltenham Trust team will provide visitors with the chance to take a step back in time to 1940s and 1950s USA. Expect vintage fashion, dancing, live music and classic cars.

Programme - American Retro Festival

Retro Americana: 1940s dance with the Big R Big Band – Friday 24 June – 8pm – £17 – Pittville Pump Room

A 1940s themed evening filled with fabulous nostalgic swing music performed by the Big R Big Band brought to you by Just Jive – Lindy Hop and the Cheltenham Trust.

Don your dancing shoes and be transported back to when the American forces arrived at Pittville Pump Room back in 1942.
Friday Schedule:

7.30pm – Doors open

8.45pm -9.30pm & 10.00am–10.45pm – Big R Band

Plus DJ Jim Hannaway of Just Jive – Lindy Hop will be playing his very popular mix of nostalgic tunes throughout the night

11.00pm – Event closes

1940s dress actively encouraged, there will be prizes awarded for the best dressed.

Admission is £17 per person and the dance will take place from 8pm, under the chandeliers of Pittville Pump Room.


Saturday 25 June

10.00am – Event opens with an American car drive-in

11.30am – 1.15pm Live music by The Rhythm Slingers

1.15pm – Enjoy a free dance lesson with Jimmy Hannaway and Sarah Vernon of Just Jive – Lindy Hop (No partner required)

1.45pm – 2.30pm & 3.15pm – 3.45pm Live music by Jon Clare & The Dough Boys who will be performing their distinctive boogie woogie and 1950s dance floor classics

4.00pm – American cars depart

DJ Jim Hannaway of Just Jive – Lindy Hop will be playing his very popular mix of nostalgic tunes throughout the day.


Sunday 26 June

10.00am – Event opens with an American car drive-in

11.30am – 1.15pm Live music by Miss Franny Delight. The vintage songstress will delight you with songs from the 1920s to modern songs with a vintage twist!

1.15pm – Enjoy a free 1940s traditional dance lesson by Erica & Cliff Fowers from Swing Out Swindon

2.00pm – 4pm – We welcome the return of the incredible Kim Cypher and her 5-piece big band

4.00pm – American cars depart

Plus guest DJ's will be playing a mix of 1940s, swing and nostalgic tunes throughout the day



Opening Times

Season (24 June 2022 - 26 June 2022)
Friday19:30 - 23:00
Saturday10:00 - 23:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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